English

Should I major in English?
Consider your experience with English so far. If you have usually performed well in your high school literature and writing classes, then you may find similar success in a college-level program.

If your verbal scores on standardized tests have been higher than your math scores, then you may prefer coursework that emphasizes the written word.

Even if your amusements involve wordplay (solving anagrams, playing Scrabble or Boggle, working crossword puzzles), then you may have what it takes to thrive as an English major.

If you have always been an avid reader (especially of challenging literary works), if you feel driven to express yourself in writing (be it poetry, fiction or journalism), if you find yourself watching a movie and thinking, “The book was much better than the film version,” then perhaps you should consider pursuing further studies in English.

Meet English majors:

Hafner Buchanan
Hafner Buchanan "My professors at LaGrange College are very interested in who we are and what we want to do with our lives," she says.

"My adviser is amazing; she'll give me her opinion when I tell her what I want to do. It's a college where professors truly get to know you, tell you what you're good at, or say, 'Hey, you're slipping here.' That's very important to me."
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What can I do with a major in English?

To paraphrase Ferris Bueller, the question isn’t “What can I do?” but rather “What can’t I do?” People who work well with words are in high demand throughout the working world. Public relations, editing, journalism and teaching are obvious career paths, but English majors are also welcome in all sorts of corporations, non-profit organizations, government entities and professional associations.

There are also employment possibilities in creative venues such as composing song lyrics, screenplay writing and acting. Supplement your literary studies with the right blend of sciences and you can build a career in medicine, counseling or speech therapy. Pair your English major with extensive focus on a foreign language and you can become a translator or interpreter. Many a lawyer and librarian majored in English as an undergraduate. Ditto for radio and television announcers. And businesses large and small depend upon administrative staff as well as managers with strong writing skills.

In short, wherever people use words to accomplish their professional goals, you can find English majors at work.